Personal development: Life in the slow lane


Our personal development writer Sarbani Sen asks: When the whole world is getting hyper, why don’t we slow down and take it step by step?

“Stop the world I want to get off” is a feeling we all have sometimes says the Slow Movement website. The Slow Movement aims to address the issue of ‘time poverty’ through making connections. Think about the following trends: Buddhism is now the fastest growing religion in the world along with yoga practice and mindfulness, people are turning to organic food, schools are in turmoil and stress is leading to unprecedented health problems in the work sphere.

Back to the rhythm of (our) nature
Ever looked at a plant unfolding its leaves in fast motion? It takes ages. One minute of our human eye is a month in plant-time. So what the hell happened with us humans? It seems that we have speeded up everything in our lives, as if we have decided to do everything, or at least the most possible in one lifetime. The clock is ticking and there we are trying to make the most out of it. We are busy setting the highest goals, aiming for amazing, thrilling lives and of course (most importantly) showing it to all our fellow humans on our social devices. Look at the amazing life I have created! Look at me doing this and doing that, look I am here, I am there, I bought this or bought that.

Kids (and parents) hardly can go to bed at night because they are on hyper mode, a state of being stimulated by their devices, their parents, their peers, the market, new technologies, the fashion industry or other such consumption projects. Some families even have to put their WiFis on an automatic switch off timer to avoid spending the rest of their nights buying stuff or reading stuff or communicating with the world out there.